Category Archives: Words from the President

Membership Drive

I greet you in the Mighty and Matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ!

The Western North Carolina Conference Lay Organization 2016 membership drive has begun! Membership dues are $6.00 for adults. Membership dues must be current for voting and election privileges.
The WNCCLO election for 2016-2018 Conference Lay Officers is scheduled for April 16, 2016 at Clapps Chapel, Whitsett, NC 27603. Membership dues must be received on or before March 16, 2016 for election and voting privileges. Please send your membership dues to the Credential/Membership Chair, Sister Niki Allen, 2913 Ashwell Court, Raleigh, NC 27603.

Also, we welcome your presence at our next conference lay meeting on March 12, 2016 @10 o’clock at St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church 44 Hildebrand St., Asheville, NC.

As President of the Lay Organization, I am calling on you as members of African Methodist Episcopal Church to join hands to continue embracing and up-holding the purpose and mission of the Lay Ministry:

1. To proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ;
2. To advance the present ministry of Jesus Christ, particularly as it is embodied by the mission of the African Methodist Episcopal;
3. To encourage Bible study and to uphold the Bible as our only source for faith and doctrine;
4. To promote an understanding of The Doctrine and Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church 2012 as an organized source of our laws, government, and belief statements;
5. To teach good stewardship and respect for constituted authority; and
6. To engage the laity in social action ministry, reaching beyond the walls of the Church to champion goodwill toward all

I am persuaded that if we unite our hearts and minds together in one band of Christian love and allow ourselves to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit to serve not only this great church of Allen, but all of humankind, we will see Him add a new agenda, with new ideas, to include the new ideas of this 21st century in an effort to lead the church from membership to Discipleship.

Thus, I implore YOU to join the WNCCLO, let us put on the Mantle of Unity and use all of our God-given gifts of the Spirit. Let us work together to allow God to be lifted up and glorified in the mission and purpose of our Lay Ministry.

Thank you for your willingness to serve!

membership letter 2.5.16

Happy Father’s Day

Father’s Day Blessings from the Western North Carolina Conference Lay Organization to YOU!

Lord, please bless our fathers, these men who mean so much to us, who are greatly responsible
for who we are and who we are becoming. Bless them for having the courage to do what’s necessary to keep us out of trouble, for making us do the right thing, for helping us build our character,
even when it makes us angry; and bless them for pushing us to do our best, even when they just want to love us.  Bless our fathers for being our protectors, for leading us through stormy times to safety,
for making us believe that everything will be all right and for making it so.
Bless our fathers for quietly making a living to provide for those they love most, for giving us food, clothing, shelter and other necessary and not so necessary material things, for unselfishly investing time and money in us that they could have spent on themselves.
Bless our fathers, Lord, for saving some energy for fun, for leading us on adventures
to explore the outer reaches of ourselves, for making us laugh, for being our playmates and our friends.
Bless them for being our secure foundation, our rock, for holding on tight to us…until it’s time to let us go.
Lord, bless these men we look up to, our role models, our heroes, our fathers.
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen. By Joanna Fuchs

We look forward to your attendance at our next Lay Conference meeting on August 8th at 10 am at Turners Chapel, 7615 Florence School Drive, High Point, NC.

Happy Father’s Day and thank you for your willingness to serve!

Barbara Hooker

Heavenly Father, You are intimately aware of the struggle we are  experiencing — the pain and the despair. You know the desire of our hearts for our Sister to be healed. We ask now for Your healing touch. We know that You are able and just like in Bible times, we ask for your healing. In Jesus Name.

Please remember Sister Barbara Hooker, the wife of Wilbert Hooker, Lincolnville AMEC, Raleigh,  in your daily prayers.

Penny Oliver


Father, give us the courage to reach out to those we may not want to reach. Show Your love through us in ways that will bring glory to You and true peace in our corner of the world.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Thanks for your willingness to serve!

Easter Joy

Happy Easter from the Western North Carolina Conference Lay Organization to YOU!

Without Easter (By Joanna Fuchs)

Without Easter,
there would be no hope of heaven.
Without the hope of heaven,
there would be no repentance,
no personal transformation,
no attempt to follow biblical principles.
Without Easter, the world would be in chaos and darkness.
Jesus’ death and resurrection means we can be reborn,
to live better, to do better, to shine light into the shadows.

May God bless your home with the warmth of His Peace, Your Hearts with the wonder of His Love and your life with the beauty of His Joy.

We look forward to your attendance at the 2015 Jack and Jill Extrava-ganza: “A Showcasing of the Arts” on April 11, 2015 at St. James A.M.E. Church, Winston-Salem, NC at 12 Noon.

Thank you for your willingness to serve!

Easter Joy